Flying high as a “woman”

North Sunshine Football Club has accepted an almost 6ft, 90kg transgender player on their women’s AFL team.

Mia Smith, 53, a transgender woman, has been “flying high” since joining the team, which mostly consists of players in their 20s.

“If life gets any better I’ll be dumbfounded,” she said.

“It’s great to be there to support the girls. They are like a family to me and treat me normally and that’s all I could ask for.”

Only transitioning in recent years, Smith has all the benefits and advantages of physical development as a male, regardless of what his current testosterone levels may be.

Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said it sets a dangerous precedent.

“Biological males have no place in women’s sport. Women deserve to have sex-based protections. Women deserve safety and privacy. By all means have a separate competition for trans athletes but do not encroach on women’s competitions.”